First Riding School Fundraiser in the Books
Over the weekend, the Canadian Women’s Motocross had their first ever riding school at the Calgary motocross track. To say the least, it went better than expected, way better. I have never seen so many high fives and smiles at a motocross track in my entire life. With having 20 riders, mostly new riders, I was a little nervous. However, Brittany Danyluk and Dominique Daffe took it upon themselves as a challenge and totally rocked it. With the help of Kristi Moore, Courtney Stelter, Zach Roth, Jared Petruska and myself, these girls were able to learn so much in a four and a half hour class that it blew my mind. For some, they still have a lot to learn, but seeing all the progress in just a few hours makes me extremely hopeful for this sport.
With the goal of wanting to grow this sport and showing women riders how capable they are, I am very pleased with where this series is headed. For me, it’s not about the money anymore or even the competition, but rather building a professional series for women riders from all over to attend. Not only do we have a series to attend, thanks to Denaye Arnett and Camille Bunko, but we have riding schools many new riders will look forward to in the future. I think the most interesting part about women’s motocross is hearing how they came about riding a dirt bike.
This little one’s mom, Amanda, is sponsoring our series and has a clear vision for her new online business she has started. Amanda not only sponsors both the east and west series, but will be sponsoring a few women riders as well. Getting her daughter, Payten, involved is also on her list and I think I witnessed a young new champion in the making. She will be one to keep her eyes out for!
I kid you not, Pamela, flew a plane to Montreal and back the same morning she hopped on a dirt bike for our riding school Friday evening. She hasn’t ridden much, but you wouldn’t have ever known, as she was picking up many new skills quickly. She claims she doesn’t see racing in her future, but maybe she just needs to meet Camille Bunko to change that. I mean, Pamela flies planes all day long; clearly there is no fear in that woman.
Many other women were just starting out with their husbands and boyfriends cheering for them on the sidelines. However, many new skills were obtained and a heck of a lot more confidence was built. I think the boyfriends and husbands better watch out, these ladies will be flying in no time.
With the overwhelming, positive feedback, I think it is safe to say we will be having more schools in the future. Our main instructors, Dominique Daffe and Brittany Danyluk, had a blast too and are more than willing to share their knowledge for the next generation.
Regina is this coming weekend and I am excited to hear how it goes for Denaye Arnett and Kennedy Lutz. For anyone interested, I still have room left for our Kamloops school that will be ran by our 2015 West Champ, Sara King, and second place contender, Rachel Springman, May 21st. It will be a school you won’t want to miss, so head on over to our website to register!
I received word that the Lucas Bachman Memorial Fund is also putting in $1500 into our series purse, as they have done for many years. The Bachman family is dear to my heart because not only have they supported women motocrossers, but supported my recovery in 2013 to help pay for renovations that needed to be done for me to get out of the hospital. I couldn’t thank them enough for all the support they have given over the years!
Schrader’s also confirmed they will be sponsoring our Regina round and putting $1000 to the top 10. This means not only will women be receiving 100% CMRC payout for each round, but women will have a chance at receiving money from a purse that will be $1000 at each round split among the top 10. Thank you again to Valley Speed, Valley Moto sport, Mile Zero, John Meaney Photography, Cycle Works, and again Schrader’s for being our sponsors! We couldn’t make this possible without you all! Our series purse value is still being confirmed due to all the bottle collections and t-shirt sales we have coming, so stay tuned for that.
Less than four weeks left until the first gate drop in Kamloops, Saturday, June 4th, as seen here on our countdown: http://www.cdnwmx.com/#!Ten-Week-Countdown-for-the-West-CDNWMX-National-Series-4/c1iu8/57310af90cf287ca494971b4. We couldn’t be more excited!